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adjective British English pronunciation: unequal /ʌnˈiːkwəl/
  1. 1
    not giving the same treatment or opportunities to everyone, and therefore unfair

    Women claimed they were given unequal treatment.

    There is little doubt that access to education in this country is highly unequal.

  2. 4
    not good enough or not skilful enough to do something
    unequal to:

    It became clear that he was unequal to the demands of the job.

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